GNOME considers DVCS choices
Posted Jan 16, 2009 0:57 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
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Bear in mind that when SVN came out, there were already more technologically advanced options available. And SVN was still sorely needed. SVN's one great advantage over all of them (and Git): it's easy to migrate to it from CVS. The biggest cost of migration, remember, is the effort of users and administrators to learn the new thing. I have personally persuaded many reluctant people to move from CVS to SVN, using assurances like, "you'll use all the same commands: svn checkout, svn commit, svn diff, ..." I could never persuade these people to migrate to Git.
I spent an hour trying to understand Git recently, and ultimately had to put it off for some other time, because it's too unlike something I know and the documentation is too poor.
So while Git is going to do what Subversion's original competitors couldn't because Linus forced huge numbers of people to get familiar with it, I expect Subversion has a long life ahead of it.
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